jaypeewarning

jaypeewarning

The road is my home! I love travelling and I find pleasure visiting new places, trying out new adventures, eating exquisitely prepared food, and meeting equally interesting nomads!

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This island goes by a more popular name that is Helicopter Island because of its strange shape. On the boat, we were slowly realizing it as we got closer to the island that it resembles a helicopter, but some argued that it looks like a whale instead. Dilumacad Island could either be your first or last stop when you take Tour C (this tour package costs 1000-1300 depending on the season). In our case, it was our last stop so we were lucky to have spent the afternoon waiting for the sunset on the beach. I could say that the white powdery beach of this island is one of my favorite El Nido beaches. It also features crystal-clear waters and towering rock formations projecting from a dense tropical forest on both ends of the island. If ever you get to this island soon, find your spot and take those perfect selfies! Have fun!

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If you want to enjoy seeing amazing limestone rock formations while basking under the scorching heat of the sun, I suggest you book yourself El Nido Tour A (tour packages A, B, C, D, and E are sets of tour packages offered to tourists who wish to embark onto island hopping activities), which includes a trip to Simizu Island and costs 1000 – 1300 pesos depending on the season. This island is smaller than its adjacent or neighbouring island Miniloc but is surrounded by towering formations that adds beauty to the already amazing paradise. I remember getting off the boat on Simizu Island hungry on a bright Sunday noon but thanks to our tour guide who served us with a sumptuous lunch by the beach. I would have wanted to stay on the island longer but we were only there for an hour because of our scheduled tour. Right after eating, we grabbed out snorkelling gears and enjoyed the large variety of marine life in the area. I got lucky that day because a turtle appeared from the depths of the sea while I was busy watching the school of fish play! Fact check about Simizu: the island was named after a Japanese diver who lost his life while underwater; reason of death was uncertain.

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I thought getting off the platform by jumping into the waters of the Twin Lagoon in Coron was already scary. I was wrong. The thought of swimming from a boat on a heavily undulated sea and passing through a small hole to see the Secret Lagoon of EL Nido that lies beyond the sharp rocks required my limited courage. It took me a while to actually pass through the hole. My sister had to force me! Seeing the beauty beyond the watering rock formations requires a hefty bounty indeed! I guarantee though that once you successfully pass through the hurdle, you’ll be amazed by the lagoon inside. A word of caution and advice, it would be good idea to wear a pair of those watersport shoes because of the sharp rocks on the seafloor. You don’t want leave the El Nido injured. Now, I may have made it sound a terrible idea to visit this place. If you have no problem swimming and passing through holes, then the Secret Lagoon of El Nido is definitely your cup of tea! The experience may be different for you!

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The trip to El Nido from Puerto Princesa felt like forever and felt like it’s never going to end. It took us almost 6 hours to get there but I was sure to see the places that people talk about. I was in El Nido for the beach and the sunset. Sunset is one of the most magical event that happens daily. Therefore, I promised myself to chase the most beautiful sunset in El Nido and surely, Las Cabanas is the best place to watch the amazing display of fire red skies. Though I stayed in a hotel in the town proper, hostels and hotel also lined up the shore of Las Cabanas. On our second day in town, I booked a motorcycle and drove off, sat on a bench near a beach house while being blow away by the stunning view. True enough, Las Cabanas showed me one of the best sunsets I have ever seen. I probably took more photos there than any other places I visited in El Nido.

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Banol beach would probably be most favorite beach in Coron. Being a common stop on island-hopping trips to Coron Island, our 2500-peso tour package got us there. Banol Beach, a small sandy area with shelter from the sun. I was in awe seeing how gorgeously white the sand is. Though we only had an hour in the beach, it was well-spent because the sun was briefly out. The place is best for honeymooners or even friends who want to enjoy the beach and the sand. With your 200-pesos entrance fee, which will be spent for the maintenance of the beach as what our local tour guide said, you can already bask under the sun all day. It is best to visit the place during summer to avoid the torrential rains we encountered during our August 2013 visit. I suggest that you bring drinking water since there are no stores in the area. Thanks to our generous and friendly boatman for letting us spend lunch in one of the nipa huts in Banol!

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